Alise Crossland (Brann) is a senior researcher at AIR with more than 13 years of experience identifying and assessing digital learning technologies for both general and special education. Her work focuses on providing technical assistance and professional development to educators at the local, state, and national level on the use of technology tools to facilitate access to academic content for students with disabilities to ensure that all students are college and career ready. Her current project work includes OSEP’s Center on Technology & Disability - a project focused on building the capacity of families, school systems, and providers, to understand, assess, acquire, and implement appropriate assistive and educational technology strategies and tools. She previously served as deputy director on the OSEP-funded Center for Technology Implementation (CTI) - a project focusing on the use of evidence-based practices in technology to improve teaching and learning for students with disabilities, and as Task Leader on the 2016 National Educational Technology Plan.
Crossland’s current work includes the design, development, and creation of interactive content and platforms, professional development materials, technology guides, and research briefs on the use of AT/IT to support the use of technology to improve student outcomes. She is actively engaged in creating a variety of learning materials for SEAs, LEAs, and classroom teachers to build capacity to more effectively utilize technology to support students with disabilities for the Center for Technology & Disability (CTD).
Previous work includes the development of literature reviews, research briefs, white papers, policy briefs, professional development materials, and practitioner-oriented documents for a variety of OSEP-funded centers, including the Center on Technology Implementation (CTI/PowerUp WHAT WORKS), the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI), the Center on Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd), and the National Charter School Research Center (NCSRC). Prior to joining AIR, as research associate at Education Development Center, Inc., Crossland contributed to a variety of projects related to special education and technology integration, including CITEd, the National Center for Supported e-Text in Electronic Environments (NCSeT), and Addressing Accessibility in Middle School Mathematics.
Ed.S., Assistive Technology and M.S.Ed., Moderate Disabilities, Simmons College